From vegan truffles and salted bourbon caramels to brigadeiros and bars, find your fill of Valentine’s Day treats at Peninsula chocolatiers.

Timothy Adams Chocolates co-owner Adams Holland fills the display case with candy. Photo by Michelle Le.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and while there’s no shortage of chocolates from name-brand companies dotting the aisles of local grocery store chains, the Peninsula is home to a number of small businesses focused on the craft of making chocolate. Here are 10 chocolatiers around the region where you can find Valentine’s Day gifts for a special someone or satisfy your sweet tooth anytime of year.

Alegio Chocolate, Palo Alto 

Palo Alto’s Alegio Chocolate distinguishes itself for its global flavors, drawing on founder Claudio Corallo’s background in coffee cultivation in Africa and Latin America. Many options available online come in bars with unique flavor combinations, like 70% chocolate with crystallized orange peels or crystallized ginger, or grapes in pear distillate. 

Alegio Chocolate, 522 Bryant St., Palo Alto; 650-324-4500, Instagram: @alegio_chocolate

Fleur de Cocoa, Los Gatos

Fleur de Cocoa, a French patisserie and chocolate maker, offers handcrafted chocolates made in small batches, so flavors may vary from week to week. Among the chocolates served are the “Monkey Barr” made with dark chocolate and banana; “Chloe” made with white chocolate, violet and blackcurrant ganache; and “Paris,” dark chocolate with a signature tea ganache. 

Fleur de Cocoa, 39 North Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos; 408-354-3574, Instagram:

Chocolates from San Carlos-based chocolatier Go to Chocolate, available at the College of San Mateo farmers market or online. Courtesy Go to Chocolate.

Go to Chocolate, San Carlos

San Carlos-based wholesale chocolatier Go to Chocolate has a wide selection of unique chocolate products, including a collection of vegan chocolate offerings and fruit and flower-based gel and ganache fillings. These include: apricot truffles in dark chocolate, agave truffles, white chocolate truffles with lemon zest and cinnamon infused cream, rose petal gel in dark chocolate and an avocado mint meltaway. They don’t have a storefront you can visit, so the best way to pick up their goods is to place an online order or catch them at the College of San Mateo farmers market held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Go to Chocolate, 765 Old County Road # A, San Carlos; 650-339-1900; Instagram: @gotochocolate

Lula’s Chocolates, Santa Clara

Formerly Mrs. Lund’s, this chocolatier rebranded in 2006 and moved from Salt Lake City to Monterey, where they have a factory available for tours now. Santa Clara visitors are offered samples upon entry. Valentine’s Day specials include solid chocolate hearts, heart-shaped marshmallow treats and wine truffles. 

Lula’s Chocolates, 2712 Augustine Drive #140, Santa Clara; 669-292-5353; Instagram: @lulaschocolates

Bergamot-flavored chocolates at Shekoh Confections in Palo Alto. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Shekoh Confections, Palo Alto 

Shekoh Moossavi of Shekoh Chocolates in Palo Alto trained at l’École Valrhona and adds global flavors to her chocolate craft. Visitors can customize their boxes in person or online. Chocolates come in brightly colored mirror glazes and include flavors like Grand Marnier, saffron, mezcal, orange blossom, bergamot and yuzu in addition to dessert-inspired combos like s’mores and milk ‘n cookies.  

Shekoh Confections, 2305 El Camino Real B, Palo Alto; 650-384-6322; Instagram: @shekohconfections

Snake & Butterfly, Campbell

Campbell’s Snake & Butterfly is an organic chocolatier specializing in caramels and truffles in innovative flavors and bright colors, along with single-origin chocolate bars. Flavors include bacon caramels, Mexican coffee truffles, blueberry balsamic truffles and salted bourbon caramels. They also sell treats like peanut butter cups and mixed nut turtles.  Snake & Butterfly, 191 East Campbell Ave., Campbell; 408-508-4788; Instagram: @snakeandbutterfly.

A heart-shaped chocolate at SWEET55 in Half Moon Bay. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

SWEET55, Half Moon Bay and Palo Alto

Swiss chocolatier SWEET55 offers intricately decorated chocolates at their two shops in Half Moon Bay and Palo Alto, including specialty confections highlighting chocolates from different parts of the world like the African Nights chocolate, which comes with a mocha ganache made with Sao Tome 75% chocolate, caramel and a dark shell, while the California Republic chocolate is made up of dark ganache, olive oil, Meyer lemon and rosemary flavors. While the original chocolate shop is in Half Moon Bay, last year owner Ursula Schnyder opened a shop at Palo Alto’s Town & Country Village to serve more customers.

SWEET55, 855 El Camino Real Suite 123, Palo Alto, 225 CA-1 Suite 104C, Half Moon Bay; 650-618-6525; Instagram: @sweet55swiss

Sweet Shop, Los Altos 

For more kid-friendly fare, consider the candy store Sweet Shop, tucked away in a residential corner of Los Altos offering bulk gummy and sour candies alongside chocolate items like malt balls. As an added bonus, 5% of proceeds go to local schools.

Sweet Shop, 994 Los Altos Ave., Los Altos; 650-941-7467; Instagram: @sweetshoplosaltos.

A collection of chocolates from Timothy Adams Chocolates. Embarcadero Media file photo.

Timothy Adams Chocolates, Palo Alto

Bursting with vivid pinks and blues and a signature running rabbit logo, Timothy Adams Chocolates has chocolates adorned with beautiful decorations and packed with flavor. Many chocolates are single-origin and come with unique flavors like a sour cherry marzipan, absinthe and cognac. The chocolate shop offers chocolate and champagne tastings, boxes to go and chocolate workshops teaching visitors how to make chocolate bonbons. 

Timothy Adams Chocolates, 539 Bryant St., Palo Alto; 415-755-8923; Instagram: @timothyadamschocolates

tinyB Chocolate, South San Francisco 

Chocolatier Renata Stoica is offering Brazilian brigadeiros – bite-size fudgy truffle balls – made with sweetened condensed milk, semisweet chocolate, butter and cocoa powder and with flavor blends including pistachios, almonds and coconut. The chocolate shop is also selling Valentine’s Day kits to make your own brigadeiros

tinyB Chocolate, 1 S Linden Ave. Unit #5, South San Francisco; 415-854-0344; Instagram: @tinybchocolate.

Kate Bradshaw

Kate Bradshaw

Kate Bradshaw reports food news and feature stories all over the Peninsula, from south of San Francisco to north of San José. Since she began working with Embarcadero Media in 2015, she's reported on everything from Menlo Park's City Hall politics to Mountain View's education system. She has won awards from the California News Publishers Association for her coverage of local government, elections and land use reporting.

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